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Omier, Wong Selected to Lute Olson POY Watch List

Omier, Wong Selected to Lute Olson POY Watch List

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Two members of the University of Miami men’s basketball team made the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Watch List.

Norchad Omier and Isaiah Wong are both among the 40 players who made the cut amongst players from all Division I schools across the nation.

Miami is one of only eight teams with multiple selections, alongside Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Houston, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.

A third-year sophomore forward, Omier is averaging 14.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game through his first five contests as a Hurricane. The nation’s active leader in career rebounding average (12.0) is shooting 61.7 percent from the floor and owns a pair of double-doubles.

The 6-foot-7, 248-pounder earned Sun Belt Player of the Year and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year distinction last season at Arkansas State. A native of Bluefields, Nicaragua, Omier average 17.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for the Red Wolves last season.

Wong, meanwhile, leads the Hurricanes in points (15.2), assists (4.0) and steals (2.5) per game this season. He claimed Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team recognition for his performances against Providence and Maryland in Uncasville, Conn.

Now a member of four national player of the year watch lists this season, Wong is coming off a 2021-22 campaign in which he earned Third Team All-ACC accolades for the second consecutive year. The 6-foot-4, 184-pounder from Piscataway, N.J., ranks No. 16 all-time at Miami with 1,344 points in his stellar career.

Omier, Wong and the Hurricanes continue the 2022-23 season Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when they host St. Francis Brooklyn at the Watsco Center, live on ACC Network.

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